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Medical Cannabis -  My only relief from Chronic Eczema

Age: 21
Gender: Female
Location: Canada
Occupation: Sales

Patient History

Conditions

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain

Additional Conditions

Chronic Eczema- Atopic Dermatitis Hormonal Acne

Overall health, well-being and quality of life before medical cannabis

With my Eczema I remember being young and my parents putting cream all over my my body and then putting socks on my hands and feet so that I wouldn’t scratch myself to sleep every night. Seeing different doctors every year and being prescribed different topical steroids that “might help”.  I lived with constant agitation from being uncontrollably itchy, forever frustrated from always having dry cracked skin affecting my abilities to do things with my hands.  As I got older I became very self conscious, it was one thing to have eczema covered legs and hide them under pants but when my hands were swollen, cracked and sometimes bleeding people made sure to draw attention to them asking “whats wrong with your hands?” When I went through puberty and had hormonal changes my eczema got worse as well as the skin on my face. I went through a few years of hormonal acne that I felt would never get better. I didn’t realize how low my self esteem had gotten and my over all quality of life until someone gave me a CBD gummy to try. Little did I know that my suffering was soon going to be short-lived.

Additional info about this time in patient's life

I was initially hesitant to try medical cannabis because of my family's judgements but I was so fed up with my state that I was willing to try anything. I am so glad that it was Cannabis that found me. Thankfully because of the experiences I've had, I have now been able to share that with my family. They have also been able to experience the benefits that I have as well which makes me beyond happy.

Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 6

Patient Process

Path to cannabis

Growing up in a strict and sheltered family cannabis was never considered as anything but a “recreational gateway drug” that was forbidden.  It wasn’t until I have become older and been interested in developing my own opinion of cannabis that I have experienced it’s life-changing qualities. I am glad to have found this move the movement page to help others in ridding the stigma attached to Cannabis. My life was changed when I was given a CBD gummy to try. I didn’t realize that accompanying my chronic skin irritation I also had chronic pain. It was the first time in my life that I was able to note that I wasn’t in pain or itchy. As I started taking a dose daily I noticed over a few months that without being constantly agitated and itchy, my eczema was clearing up. I was less anxious, less stressed and my mood swings also started evening out with my daily dose of eczema as well. Soon the skin on my face started to clear up and for the first time since high school I felt confident enough with my skin to not cover it up anymore with makeup. My Family started to notice the positive change in my skin and my overall quality of life.

Products Tried

I have tried a twisted extracts pineapple CBD gummy. I find that one 10mg dose a day makes a huge difference for me. I really like that I can take it daily and because it doesn't have any psychoactive properties I can feel amazing but not get high.

Patient Experience

How Cannabis has had an impact on patient's day to day life

I've noticed a significant change in my life, and I attribute it all to medical cannabis. My over all happiness with my body and my life is abundant now. I am so thankful.

Under Doctor's Supervision?

0

Discontinued Medication

Yes

Additional info about discontinued medication

I no longer use prescription topical creams. Because I have overall dry skin, I can now use a natural moisturizer and my daily CBD and it is enough to stop myself from getting inflamed or dry agitated skin.

Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances

Not Applicable

Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis

Yes

Additional info about lifestyle changes

Because of the benefits of CBD I experience, I am sleeping better and have more energy, I exercise way more and my overall quality of life is way higher. I am in good health physically and mentally now which is priceless to me.

Additional info about medical Cannabis experience

If there is anyone wondering if CBD will help with skin conditions I strongly recommend them trying it out. I know how terrible it felt feeling hopeless and I hope that others experiencing this get the opportunity to give medical cannabis a chance.

Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 10

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